Catherine Crowther
1929 - 2020
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Catherine Ann
Holland Crowther
Catherine Ann (Nan) Holland Crowther of Stamford, CT passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on June 9, her 91st birthday. Born Catherine Ann Holland in 1929, Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of the late Francis J. Holland and Catherine McDermott Holland of Syracuse, NY and later Denver, CO.
Nan was a graduate of Rosemont College where she met and married her roommate's brother, Hugh Lagan Crowther, who would become a pilot in the US Air Force. In 1955, Hugh was killed in an air accident off the coast of Iceland, leaving Nan with an 8 month old son and a child on the way. Nan initially raised her family in Rocky Hill, NJ and in 1965 moved to Stamford, CT to teach at Whitby School, Greenwich, CT.
Nan was an active parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside, CT. In 2017, she was awarded the St. Augustine Medal of Service for her work in the parish, which included leadership roles in the Charismatic Prayer Group, the Cursillo Movement and the Healing Ministry.
Nan had a keen interest in genealogy and was Assistant Treasurer of CT Ancestry Society for many years. She was an avid gardener and a lifelong learner. She will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, genuine interest in others and deep spiritual devotion.
She is survived by her son Hugh and his wife Patricia, her daughter Catherine Rose and her three grandchildren, Catherine, Claire and Hugh.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside, CT on September 21, 2020. Attendance is limited to 80 people. Reservations can be made online: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094eafae2aa4f58-funeral. The service will also be live streamed: https://events.locallive.tv/events/39608.

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Published in Stamford Advocate & Greenwich Time on Sep. 5, 2020.
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September 21, 2020
Dear Catherine Rose, Hugh,
We send you our condolences on Nan’s passing. We pray that she Rest In Peace. And we pray that you and the grandchildren will get some consolation from the many, many happy memories you must have of Nan. We were reminded by your eloquent eulogy at today’s funeral, Catherine Rose, Just how much your Mom was a Renaissance woman, extraordinary in her range of sympathies and accomplishments. Your listing of all the online courses Nan was taking last spring was remarkable.

Someone at the funeral referred to the luggage carrier on Nan’s car, which was so much part of her that, wherever we were in the diocese, whatever parish we were visiting, when we saw that luggage carrier we knew that Nan was there too. And that fact, that she seemed to be everywhere, has always stood out for me about Nan, who was always a faithful parishioner of St Catherine’s but also always a woman of the entire local church, that is, of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Nan knew and related to parishioners from one end of the diocese to the other.

We knew her at St Catherine’s—indeed, Nan was probably the first parishioner we met when we first joined the parish, as single people, back in the mid-70s. We had to leave St Catherine’s after 25 wonderful years when we moved to North Stamford, but Jack tried to get to daily Mass there or at St Aloysius in New Canaan, and he frequently ran into Nan at one place or the other. It would not be unusual for Nan and Jack to spend an hour at a time visiting after the Mass, because there was always so much to talk about with her. We will never forget one daily Mass at St Catherine’s three or four years ago, when we went to Mass that day because it was our wedding anniversary—as Mass started, we mentioned to Nan what day it was And at the first opportunity she sang out to Fr Bill Platt that we were celebrating our anniversary! Such a gesture was typical of her thoughtfulness, her ministry of caring and support for everyone.

Ellen wrote these words about Nan to a friend yesterday: “Nan was a presence in the Bridgeport Diocese always;we ran into her at daily Masses in at least 5 parishes we availed ourselves of, and she was ever a support to me in EPS (which she never needed but always supported) and in Bible Study, which she brought real depth to. A soul-mate and a real loss, but I am sure all heaven danced at her arrival!”
Amen.
God bless you and keep you all,
Deacon Jack and Dr Ellen Mahon



Ellen/Jack Mahon
Friend
September 21, 2020
I have been blessed to know Nan through her leadership of the Charismatic Prayer Group and Healing ministry at St. Catherine's Church.

My sister and I bought a condo in Breckenridge Colorado many years ago and Nan, upon hearing of that, happily told us that her family's organ had been donated to the parish Church in that town. Each time I have the privilege of worshiping there I think of Nan, her ever present smile, her strong faith, and her friendship and I thank you all for the contribution your family has made to the faith life of that place.
Barbara Koeppen Reilly
Friend
September 20, 2020
Nan, Hugh, Patty, Catherine, Claire, and Hugh, 1998, Wellesley
Rita
Family
September 19, 2020
Dear Catherine Rose, Hugh, Patty and Family,
We send you our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear mother. Her energy, good will and profound love of family and friends have left an aura of grace that will not be soon forgotten. In her memory a donation has been made to the St. Catherine of Siena parish ministry, the Ignatian Solidarity Network.
With love and sympathy,
The Killean Family
Rita Killean
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September 18, 2020
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September 14, 2020
All The O’Callaghans love and admire Nan Forever.
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September 14, 2020
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September 14, 2020
All the O’Callaghan’s love and admire Nan.
She carried on for decades and decades after
we learned that Nan’s dashing husband Hugh was reported missing. His US military plane went down and was never recovered. It was the saddest moment watching our mother and Hugh’s sister, Helen, receive the news. She was paralyzed with grief. And to think of Nan, with Catherine Rose not yet born and Hugh so young, is devastating. How did Nan carry on all those years with such joy and humor and beauty and elegance?


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September 10, 2020
Nan has been my friend and mentor for about 20 years. I will miss her. Until we meet again.
Kathi Sonntag
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September 8, 2020
I LOVED Nan. I loved how kind she was. I liked how much she was her own woman. And, I'm so grateful to have been able to spend time with her when I was in Boston.
Bara Watts
Family
September 7, 2020
Nan always made me feel welcome and part of a beautiful Family. Nan enjoyed the arts and reserved time for anyone to discuss artistic creativity. Thank you Nan for making me feel special. As ever, Drew.
Drew Reekie
Family
September 7, 2020
Nan was a special spirit! She spread a light wherever she was, may your memories bring comfort as you grieve her loss. Rest in the arms of the Lord,dear,Nan.
Jeanne Tyler
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September 6, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Patrick Holland
Family
September 6, 2020
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